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30 June 2014 @ 08:55 pm
Fantastic post by Nicole about one of the most iconic fashion collaborations of the 20th Century.

Originally posted by circavintage at Audrey and Givenchy

Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy – one of the greatest collaborations in the history of fashion.

I’ve been treating myself to some Audrey films lately: first Sabrina, and then Charade. She’s wonderful!

I was travelling on the Metro in Paris, when I noticed the headlines: “Audrey Hepburn est morte”, so for me Audrey and Paris will always go together: I’m sure she would approve. She loved Paris, and Paris loved her – both Sabrina and Charade feature scenes in Paris and it was here that she met the young Givenchy at his first, informal fashion show. Audrey was sixteen but she didn’t forget: “when the time came and she could choose, she thought, ‘That’s the guy.’”

Audrey was impossibly slim and chic, and yet, childlike and joyous. You got the feeling that she would be enormous fun, that she didn’t take herself too seriously and that for her, dressing well was about taste and quality – and then wearing couture like it was the most natural thing in the world!

She became Givenchy’s muse and wore his designs in her films – here are some snaps I found on Pinterest. I love her style, it’s simple and elegant and uniquely Audrey. Fussy clothes would swamp her delicate frame but these allow her to shine.

She said of Givenchy “His are the only clothes in which I feel myself. He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality.” Something tells me that Audrey had copious personality, it was Givenchy’s fashions that offered the freedom to express it.

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05 June 2014 @ 08:00 pm
Long time no post again. I see LJ's completely changed its UI. Fine.
10 April 2014 @ 08:35 pm
Originally posted by ashbet at An open letter to brogrammers
Originally posted by tacit at An open letter to brogrammers
Computer programming is a tough job. It's not for the faint of heart or the fair of sex. It's grueling, high-stress work, demanding that you sit on a comfortable chair in an air-conditioned office for hours on end, typing on a keyboard while looking at a monitor. Women just aren't rugged enough for that.

Plus, as everyone knows, women can't code. At best, they can maybe contribute in their small way to large open-source projects, but really, they're much better suited for accessorizing PowerPoint presentations written by real coders. Manly coders.

If this is the world you live in, bro, I'm afraid I have some really bad news for you.

I'd like to introduce you to someone. This is Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace. She was a lady's lady, an aristocrat who lived in the 1800s and who did all of the things young women of noble birth did back then--danced, wrote poetry, and penned long flowery letters to her tutor.

She also wrote the world's first computer program in 1842, in the margins of a technical document she was translating from Italian into English.

Yes, you read that right. Ada was so fucking baller she wrote code before computers had even been invented. You think you're hardcore because you can use agile development strategies to link a big data repository to a high-performance querying front end without SQL? Pfaff. This woman invented coding before there was anything to code on.

And then there's this woman, who could kick your ass sideways, steal your lunch, and then fart out code better than anything you'll ever be capable of if you live to be a thousand years old.

This is "Amazing" Grace Hopper. She dropped out of Harvard to join the Navy, where she invented or helped invent the entirety of all modern computer science, including nearly every pansy-ass tool your pansy ass laughingly refers to as "coding." Compared to her, you're nothing but a little kid playing with Tinker toys. Tinker toys she invented, by the way.

Yeah, I know, I know. You think you're all badass and shit because you can get your hands right down there and compile a custom Linux kernel with your own task scheduler that reduces overhead for context changes by 16%, and...

Ha, ha, ha, ha, you are just so cute! It's absolutely precious how you think that's hardcore. That kind of shit is duck soup. Seriously, no-brains-required duck fucking soup compared to what she did. That C compiler you love so much? Grace Hopper invented the whole idea of writing code in a language that isn't machine code and then compiling it to something that is. She was the one who came up with the notion of a "compiler" (and wrote the very first one ever), pausing along the way to invent code testing and profiling.

Thanks to her, you're living in the lap of luxury. you can write code without having to know the exact DRAM timing. You have conditional branches and loops--neither of which existed when she started programming the Harvard Mark 1. (She made loops by taking long strips of paper tape and, no shit, taping their ends together to get the computer to execute the same code again.)

You want to see hardcore programming? I'll show you hardcore programming:

This is what real hardcore coders do. No compilers, no syntax checkers, just a teletype machine and a bunch of fucking switches that change the computer's memory and registers directly.

And you know what? For her, that was luxury. She and all the other early computer programmers--almost all of whom were women, by the way--started out programming by plugging patch cords into plugboards, because that's how they rolled, motherfucker. Fuck keyboards, fuck front-panel switches...those things were soft. If you wanted to code back then, you needed a postgraduate degree in mathematics, an intimate understanding of every single component inside the computer, and the ability to route data with your bare fucking hands.

Grace Hopper was so badass that when she retired from the military, Congress passed a special act to bring her back. Twice. And then when she retired for real (for the third time), the Navy named a guided missile destroyer after her.

Trust me when I say you will never be this badass, bro.

So the next time you see something like this:

and you think that girls can't code, just remember girls invented coding. And invented the tools that finally let softies like you play at being programmers. They did the heavy lifting so programming could be easy enough for noobs like you.
I bought my mother one of those generic smart TV boxes running Android 4.2, with the aim of it being a PVR for my smaller digital TV which she is now using in her bedroom as the analogue signal has been switched off in Melbourne; but cannot find, at least on Google, a port of the MythTV backend available for Android. Compiling it from source is not an option, so does anyone know of an alternative that isn't IceTV, as I don't want to pay a subscription?

The box is quite good btw, although the lack of information in the user manual (and what there is being in Engrish) is frustrating. The ABC iView app works on it!

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30 November 2013 @ 03:28 pm
O.B.E., by A.A. Milne, originally posted by fjm  

Originally posted by fjm at Edward found this today.
O.B.E., by A.A. Milne.

I know a Captain of Industry,
Who made big bombs for the R.F.C.,
And collared a lot of £.s.d. –
And he – thank God! – has the O.B.E.

I know a Lady of Pedigree,
Who asked some soldiers out to tea,
And said ‘Dear me!’ And ‘Yes, I see’ –
And she – thank God! – has the O.B.E.

I know a fellow of twenty-three,
Who got a job with a fat M.P.
(Not caring much for the Infantry).
And he – thank God! – has the O.B.E.

I had a friend, a friend, and he
Just held the line for you and me,
And kept the Germans from the sea,
And died – without the O.B.E. Thank God!
He died without the O.B.E.

(Published 1924) p 157
11 November 2013 @ 12:36 am
SOA Chibs/Tara fic by bleodswean , warning: contains spoilers for season 9  
Originally posted by bleodswean at post
TITLE:  Knocking On My Door and You’re Calling Out My Name But You Won’t Come In ‘til I Let You In 1/?
FANDOM: Sons of Anarchy
SUMMARY: I'm here for Flanagan's Chibs. This is classic "get your fave chara laid" fic. The title taken from an Over the Ocean song lyric.

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11 October 2013 @ 06:06 pm

Wonderful t-shirts, iPad cases etc. with covers from classic books. And with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, they will donate a book to a US children's literacy charity with every item sold! Thanks to for the heads-up!
11 October 2013 @ 12:48 am
A FOAF had to learn Final Cut for her job so decided to approach it like an assignment and explored the cultural impact of the video for "Subterranean Homesick Blues". It's interesting how people have represented Allen Ginsberg who was in the background of the original.

Reposted with permission.

Originally posted by sparkymonster at As you know Bob....Dylan
As mentioned in yesterday's post I've been teaching myself Final Cut by making vids. The source that I've been working with is Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." In the video Dylan stands with a stack of cards that have lyrics on them. He looks into the camera and flips the cards. There are intentional misspellings and sometimes the cards & lyrics aren't in sync.

This video is a supercut of 25 songs that visually reference "Subterranean Homesick Blues."

Password to view videos: judecollins

supercut4 from Julia on Vimeo.

Yesterday's video looked at bands who covered "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and made an attempt to recreate the video. In one corner is the Dylan video so you can easily look between the original and the recreation. This hypothetically was an assignment for a class so I also faked up an introduction as if the video was portion of the paper or an appendix.

Password: judecollins

Comparison of Dylan covers from Julia on Vimeo.

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08 October 2013 @ 02:56 am
Originally posted by apiphile at post
"Sex-positivity gets hijacked by very pervy men (and occasionally women) who wish to do damaging things to people and not be called on it; anti-sex-positivity gets hijacked by people who still have a strong instinctual urge to slut-shame."

too much for tumblr or not?